my server doubles as a HTPC, and I have spent some serious bucks and time (for me anyway) on trying to keep the system cool and quiet as it is on 24/7 and is in the same room as my TV so computer noise is very distracting when watching movies. I've put in 2x120mm exhaust fans, a 92mm intake and a 120mm fan on my CPU heatsink all running at reduced RPM so there is now audiable fan noise, and each of the 3 HDD's are housed in a Vantec Vortex. I've also replaced the PSU with a fanless PSU to eliminate noise there.
With all that I can no longer hear a single fan, but what I do hear now which I couldn't before due to fan noise is the HDD noise. It's not terrible, but is enough to annoy me as when I'm watching movies the server is about 2 feet behind me. I've obviously looked at any possiblilites of moving the server, but nothing that is workable. I was even looking at surroundiing the server in somekind of material to absorb noise, but doing that would also insulate heat which is even less desirable.
Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what drives I could use to replace my exiting ones (must be 160GB or higher in capacity)? I'm currently using 3 x Segate 160GB 7200RPM 2MB cache (sorry, don't know exact model number) and am looking for some pretty serious noise reduction here. Are those fluid bearing WD drives any good?